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Title:Religious Conflict in Nigeria: Impact on Nation Building
Author:Aguwa, Jude C.
Year:1997
Periodical:Dialectical Anthropology
Volume:22
Issue:3-4
Period:December
Pages:335-351
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Christianity
Islam
nation
Politics and Government
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
nationalism
Muslim-Christian relations
politics
External link:https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1006866525049
Abstract:The polarity of Islam and Christianity in Nigeria contributes to conflicts which have serious sociopolitical consequences. This article discusses the danger of the use of religion for political ends, in particular the consequences of the attitudes of Islam and Christianity towards the secularity of the Nigerian State. It shows how equivocation by governments which have sympathy for one particular religion may fuel fundamentalism, fanaticism and conflict. The task of nationbuilding can hardly progress if the constitutional secularity of the State is undermined by the actions of a religious group. Recommendations for dialogue and tolerance are presented on the basis of the example of the Yoruba, one of Nigeria's major ethnic groups, which so far appears to have accommodated traditional religion, Islam and Christianity with relative success. Notes, ref.
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